David Walliams, Joanna Lumley and more join Polka Theatre’s Write Here, Write Now celebratory event

A host of big name stars have joined Polka Theatre’s Write Here, Write Now initiative.

The new project looks to support local schools in improving literacy, language and communication skills in young children who have been identified as having low confidence and self-esteem.

The readings will be available to stream live and on-demand at Polka Theatre’s website and social media platforms from Monday, 19 July.

Using drama workshops and creative activities, Polka has worked with five primary schools over the last year to boost their confidence and spark imagination. The schools involved are: Ashmole Primary School, Malmesbury Primary School, Kings Oak Primary School, Cranmer Primary School, and Poplar Primary School.

Those taking part include David Walliams, Joanna Lumley and Paapa Essiedu.

Other stars taking part in the project include Paralympian, TV presenter and author Ade Adepitan, actor Cerrie Burnell, children’s author Catherine Johnson, comedian Joe Lycett, and acclaimed author Michael Rosen.

Creativity can be a constructive tool to combat loneliness, fuel curiosity, encourage self-belief, and improve children’s wellbeing. The project has resulted in a host of exciting creative stories showcasing the full power of children’s literary potential.

Polka Theatre’s Artistic Director Peter Glanville commented: “Write Here, Write Now has been a hugely successful project which has supported literacy development with Year 3 children. We are
delighted to be celebrating this project by bringing the children’s stories to life with some wonderful readers including Paapa Essiedu, David Walliams, Joanna Lumley and Ade Adepitan.”

For more information, visit polkatheatre.com/schools/funded-schemes/write-here write-now/

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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